On July 27, 2023, the Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU) held a presentation-workshop on the topic “Feasibility study on cultivation of agricultural crops to serve both for agriculture and energy purposes” during which the working team of ANAU presented the results of the research.
The study was conducted within the framework of the “EU4Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Armenian Communities" project, co-funded by the European Union and implemented by the “Management of natural resources and safeguarding of ecosystem services for sustainable rural development in the South Caucasus” (ECOserve) programme, which is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
During the workshop, the ANAU team presented the feasibility of cultivation of various agricultural crops, which can serve for food, fodder, technical and energy purposes in Armenia, including economic efficiency and expediency.
As a result of the study, corn, sunflower, sorghum and ground apple were selected and based on these crops pilot projects were proposed to be implemented in Aragatsotn, Kotayk, Shirak, Lori and Tavush regions of Armenia.
More than 30 representatives from RA Ministry of Environment, RA Ministry of Economy and RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, international organizations, academic institutions, business sector and NGOs attended the workshop.
At the opening of the workshop, ANAU Rector Vardan Urutyan welcomed the participants and expressed words of gratitude towards the colleagues for their large-scale and comprehensive study, emphasizing the need for further steps.
In her welcoming speech, Alla Berberyan, the Team Leader of the ECOserve programme, thanked the research team of the ANAU for the work done, the partner Ministries for their professional support and guidance, and emphasized the relevance of the research, considering the issues of food and energy security.
July 28, 2023 at 13:59